By Invitation only | EXECUTIVE ROUND TABLE 

Building Security in a Software Factory

Speakers: Jeff Williams, CTO and Co Founder - Contrast Security

Farshad Abasi, Chief Security Officer - Forward Security

Thursday, June 3rd @ 10 AM PT/1 PM ET



Application security is changing.  It’s not enough to just secure your custom code anymore.  We also need to secure the supply chain of open source and other third-party software.  And recently, attackers have discovered that by attacking the software factory itself, they can insert malicious code or trojans into applications and APIs before they are even deployed.  
Join us to hear two battle-tested application security experts discuss real world application security trends and metrics. Jeff and Farhad will use the software factory metaphor to explore a series of challenges in designing and running a software factory that can BOTH build great software AND ensure security.  We’ll discuss -
  •  Building a great security culture
  • Using the big machinery of software development to scale
  • Eliminating waste in security work 
  • Delivering a compelling security story
  • Protecting applications in production
Join us if you’re interested in challenging the status quo and reconceptualizing application security.

Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
at Contrast Security

Jeff brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Contrast. Previously, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Aspect Security, a successful and innovative application security consulting company acquired by Ernst & Young. Jeff is also a founder and major contributor to OWASP, where he served as the Chair of the OWASP Board for 8 years.


Farshad Abasi

Chief Security Officer, Forward Security Inc.

Farshad Abasi is an innovative technologist with over twenty four years of experience in software design and development, network and system architecture, cybersecurity, management, and technical instruction.  He started Forward Security in 2018, with a mission to provide world class information security services, particularly in the Application and Cloud security domains. Prior to creating Forward, he was a senior member of HSBC Group's IT Security team with the most recent positions being the Principal Global Security Architect, and Head of IT Security of the Canadian division. Farshad is continuing an eighteen year stint as an instructor at BCIT where he shares his passion for information and network security, helping others build a career in this exciting field. He is also the security correspondent for CFAX radio, BSides Vancouver/MARS board member, Vancouver OWASP chapter lead, a CISSP designate, and a UBC CS alumnus.